LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man who police say shot and killed his mother's dog with a crossbow pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday morning.

The arrest report says Michael Childress has a possible history of mental illness.

Childress appeared in court Monday morning. He was surrounded by three Louisville Metro Corrections officers, and looked down while a judge read the details of his case.

The 43-year-old was arrested Saturday on felony charges of torturing a dog resulting serious physical injury or death. It happened on Barricks Road, near Hutcherson Drive, in south Louisville. Investigators say Childress was inside a home while his mother was outside.

He allegedly went to the backyard while holding a crossbow and told her he was, "going hunting." From there, police say Childress shot his mother's dog with an arrow, then threw its dead body at her, before shouting profanities.

When police got to the home, they found the small dog covered in blood.

Today, the county attorney's office expressed concerned for Childress' mother.

"The county certainly would have concern for the safety of his mother at this point in time, based upon these allegations and the quote of what he said to her after he allegedly did this," said Assistant County Attorney Cristin Southard.

A judge decided today that Childress is not allowed to contact his mother or go to her house. The judge also said she did not feel comfortable lowering his bond, which is set at $1,000.

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